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Recruitment Center Opens on Palace Square

Published: May 8, 2014 (Issue # 1809)



  • New military personnel are being sought through a mobile recruitment center located on Palace Square during the Victory Day holidays.
    Photo: Vladimir Filonov / SPT

On Wednesday, a recruitment center where St. Petersburg residents can sign up for military service was opened on Palace Square. Until Friday, those wishing to enlist can take preliminary tests to assess their fitness for army life. According to a representative of the Western Military District, those young men who sign a contract with the services will have a chance to take part in the anniversary celebrations of Victory Day to be held on Palace Square on May 9, 2015.

The mobile enlistment center began working this morning, said the representative. Residents of St. Petersburg and the Leningrad region will be interviewed and asked their preferences regarding the branch of service to which they would like to enlist. Upon successfully passing the initial assessment, testing they will be sent for a medical examination and physical training. At the Recruitment officers will discuss the differences between the different branches of the armed forces with potential recruits.

Contract soldiers from St. Petersburg are sent to serve across Russia, although, of course, their wishes about where they want to serve are taken into account. Those who serve, for example, in the brigade in Kamenka [in the Leningrad Oblast] will take part in the Victory Day parade on May 9, 2015," the military spokesperson added.

The mobile recruitment center will operate on Palace Square from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 9.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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